In Liverpool we have developed a Levels of Need Framework to support practitioners to work together to promote children's welfare and provide early help. The ‘windscreen' model illustrated below is used to assist in assessing and identifying a child/young person's level of need; what type of services/resources may meet those needs and the process to follow in moving from identification of need to provision of services.
This framework provides a single process for a holistic or all round assessment of a child/young person's strengths and needs, taking account of the impact of the role of parents, care and environmental factors on a child's development.
The Early Help Assessment Tool (EHAT), formerly known as the CAF but now available in a new and revised format, should be considered when working with children and young people whose needs are to the RIGHT of the green segment using the above diagram. A completed EHAT will provide the evidence required to understand need in the broader context of the child/young person's family life. It will also identify where a specialist support service is needed and help those services to see how their support will assist within the broad context of the child/young person's overall needs.
Throughout the Local Offer we have tried to distinguish which services can support children/young people and their families according to their level of need. Some services provide interventions and support for children and young people whose needs fall within each segment of the windscreen.